The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems: Easyread Comfort Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jun 24, 2009 - Business & Economics - 600 pages
This book is about effective change. It describes methods for changing ''whole systems,'' that is, change based on two powerful foundation assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement. High involvement means engaging the people in changing their own system. It is systemic because there is a conscious choice to include the people, functions, and ideas that can affect or be affected by the work. Whole system change methods help you initiate high-leverage, sustainable improvements in organizations or communities. ''High-leverage'' is emphasized because in any improvement effort, we want the highest possible value for the effort invested. We believe that involving people in a systematic way is a key to high leverage and that the methods in this book can provide this leverage for you. You'll need to determine the one(s) best suited to moving your organization or community to the culture you want. We wrote this book to support your efforts. The book is intended to answer questions such as: What methods are available that have proven successful in addressing today's needs for organizational or community change? What are the key distinctions among these methods? How do I know if a method would be a good fit for my organization or community? How do I get started after I select one or more methods? To make a good choice, you'll need some basic information. Rather than provide details of how to do each method, we give you an overview of what's available and some tools to help focus your exploration.
 

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Contents

IMPROVING METHODS
1
WorkOut
22
SUPPORTIVE METHODS
32
People See What They Mean
99
a Time
127
JazzLab The Music of Synergy
135
The Learning Map Approach
144
Visual Explorer
153
Collaborative Loops
264
The Conference Model
280
Dialogue and Deliberation
296
Dynamic Planning Charrettes
310
The Genuine Contact Program
328
JazzLab
345
The Learning Map Approach
358
Open Systems Theory
372

Thoughts About the Future from the Lead
162
Shape the Future
187
World
208
Quick Summaries
233
Civic Engagement
260
Participative Design Workshop
385
The Practice of Empowerment
401
References Suggested by Multiple Contributing
498
About the Lead Authors
527
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